so began the task of drawing a Miles Davis (w/ Charlie Parker) mural for a building in Harlem. The mural is go inside the Putnam building around 125th sometime soon (hopefully I'll be paid then, the bill is 6 months late!). Anyhoo, this process (finding likenesses) is a bit mundane, but lets go thru it, K?
here are the secondary thoughts. The art director, Molly Wilkie at And Partners, NY was pretty cool and we got along fine (can't say so much for their accts payable dept)
the project, initially a mural, became more, involving type and charlie parker and a skyscrape and hell, i threw in a logotype for free. things were going well (no complaints from anyone) so for something like a mural for Miles Davis I wasn't going to complain. It's a fucking Miles Davis mural!
a close up... linked...
panning out... it was to work something like this along a wall inside the building, on brochures, web, etc, etc
this was a bit of an accident. I kinda like the way the colors do a Jim Flora thang. Or not.
this image, the best of the bunch i think, was left on the cutting room floor.
I really enjoy listening to jazz as i work. there is no beginning or end. its a groove. you get in and get lost- not a bad way to live.
i was never much of a jazz fan until burton morris at blue note sent me some
art blakey and the jazz messenger CDs. Weird how things transpire. I'm about
to start on another jazz piece for a new client... no complaints...